Undue Influence

Undue Influence

Director: Bruce Pittman

Cast: Brian Dennehy, Patricia Richardson, Jean Smart

     
 

Just in case the title didn't spill the beans, this made-for-TV nail-biter was based on a novel by Steve Martini. In the midst of a bitter child-custody battle with her former husband, Jack (Richard Masur), Laurel Vega (Patricia Richardson) is accused of murdering Jack's new, pregnant wife, Melanie (Allison Mackie). Although he knows Laurel is innocent, Jack lies to… See more details below

Overview

Just in case the title didn't spill the beans, this made-for-TV nail-biter was based on a novel by Steve Martini. In the midst of a bitter child-custody battle with her former husband, Jack (Richard Masur), Laurel Vega (Patricia Richardson) is accused of murdering Jack's new, pregnant wife, Melanie (Allison Mackie). Although he knows Laurel is innocent, Jack lies to the police, using his clout as a senator to rid himself of Laurel once and for all. She, in turn, could clear herself in a minute by revealing the name of the real murderer -- but she can't without ruining the life of her 16-year-old son, Danny (Eric Michael Cole). Caught in the middle of this intrigue is Paul Madriani (Brian Dennehy), Laurel's defense attorney -- and, incidentally, her brother-in-law. With more twists and turns than a mountain trail, the two-part, four-hour Steve Martini's Undue Influence pleased the crowd when it first aired over CBS on September 15, and 17, 1996.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
UPC:
0096009397999
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Echo Bridge
Time:
3:00:00

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Dennehy Paul Madriani
Patricia Richardson Laurel Vega
Jean Smart Dana Colby
Alan Rosenberg Harry Hines
Joe Grifasi Clem
Richard Masur Jack Vega
Eric Michael Cole Danny Vega
Allison Mackie Melanie Vega
Doren Fein Sarah Madriani
Rosemary Dunsmore Carla Morgan
Brenda Bazinet Nicole Madriani
Jayne Eastwood Mrs. Miller
Victor Ertmanis Colin Demming
Donna Goodhand Kathy Merlow
Peter Krantz Fred Travis
Karen LeBlanc Aisha
Kari Matchett Marcie Reed
James Purcell Det. Lama
Claire Rankin Cindy
Michael Ricupero George Merlow
Anthony Sherwood Charles Franklin

Technical Credits
Bruce Pittman Director
Jeff Beal Score Composer
Howard Braunstein Executive Producer
Michael Jaffe Executive Producer
Susan Longmire Production Designer
Philip Rosenberg Screenwriter
Christine Sacani Producer
Michael Storey Cinematographer
Michael Todd Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Steve Martini's Undue Influence
1. Sister Nicole [7:03]
2. Consenting Adults [6:10]
3. Danny's Joyride [7:54]
4. Melanie's Dead [8:47]
5. Caught on Tape [6:14]
6. Finding Laurel [5:19]
7. Incriminating Evidence [7:06]
8. Interviewing the Neighbors [5:48]
9. Two Counts of Murder [8:12]
10. Fighting Dirty [9:26]
11. Refusing Help [9:34]
12. Exploding Package [8:57]
1. Sense of Obligation [6:41]
2. Tracing the Postcard [10:32]
3. Change of Heart [5:20]
4. Overnight Guest [4:30]
5. Rush to Judgment [6:31]
6. Verbal Threats [8:06]
7. Surveillance Video [8:29]
8. Attractive Enemies [5:08]
9. Pregnancy Test [7:08]
10. Clerical Error [14:20]
11. Bargaining Position [5:22]
12. The Real Killer [9:37]

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